CO+HOOTS Foundation hosts Youth Startup Weekend supporting  over 50 high school students creating startups

CO+HOOTS Foundation, a Phoenix nonprofit committed to diversifying the workforce through ongoing education, sponsorship, and strategic partnerships is hosting its third Youth Startup Weekend. The event, affectionately known as YSW, brings in Valley youth ages 13-18 to ideate, form teams, build,  and pitch startups over the course of one weekend.

From Friday evening to Sunday morning, students work alongside mentors to create a Minimum Viable product, utilize Scrum Boards, learn the basics of the Lean Canvas Model, and receive presentation coaching.  

“Youth Startup Weekend encourages unique perspectives to intermingle by bringing together students from extremely diverse backgrounds. This diversity not only fosters collaborative skills in future generations but also enables brand new solutions for unsolved problems to arise,” said Lisa Glenn, the Executive Director at CO+HOOTS Foundation.

Sunday, February 11 at 2 pm the teams will pitch their startup to a panel of judges including Brad Jannenga of SaaS Industries, Amy Armstrong of Support my Club, Stephanie Parra of Arizona Education Association and Phoenix Union HS Board member, and Thad West of Isos Technologies.

“I think YSW was by far one of, if not the most, influential and impacting activity I ever participated in my life. I credit YSW with making me see that social entrepreneurship isn’t something to put off until I’m older, but something I can start right now,” said Alejandro, a YSW attendee.

More details on Youth Startup Weekend:

When: February 9-11, 2018


Learn more here.

Katherine Sorensen

Author: Katherine Sorensen

Katherine is a writer who holds a BA in English Literature from Arizona State University and works for Coplex, a local startup studio. In her spare time, Katherine can be found writing poetry, reading graphic novels, and watching Friends on Netflix for the 8th time in a row.

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